This is episode 114 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:
Will Microsoft Bail on Yahoo!?, Mozilla's Fennec Mobile Browser, Nintendo Vetoes Wii Price Cuts, and more...
What's new in Episode 114
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editorial Director, Digital Events & PCMagCast.com
Tim Bajarin, President, Creative Strategies
Tom Merritt, Executive Editor, CNET
Will Microsoft Bail on Yahoo!?
A key deadline has passed in Microsoft's attempt to get Yahoo to agree to its takeover offer. Some see the attempt turning hostile, but Microsoft has alluded to giving up as an option. "Speed is of the essence for the deal to make sense," Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said on a conference call just before the deadline passed last weekend. If no deal is reached by this weekend, Microsoft will reconsider its offer and reveal new plans next week..." It's next week now. Where are the new plans? What's going to happen here?
Security Vendors Slam Defcon Virus Contest
There will be a new contest at the Defcon hacker conference this August, one that anti-virus vendors already hate. Called Race-to-Zero, the contest will invite Defcon hackers to find new ways of beating anti-virus software. Contestants will get some sample virus code that they must modify and try to sneak past the anti-virus products. Awards will be given for "Most elegant obfuscation," "Dirtiest hack of an obfuscation," "Comedy value," and "Most deserving of beer," contest organizers say. "It will simply help the bad guys learn new tricks," say security software makers.
What's Up With Mozilla's Fennec Mobile Browser?
At the recent Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Mozilla Chairman Mitchell Baker provided details about Fennec, a new open source mobile browser, according to open source blog OStatic.com. A Fennec is a small fox--get it? According to OStatic, the new mobile browser may have a bright future on new handsets based on Linux and on handsets running Google's Android platform. Can Mozilla put Firefox on a big diet to deliver this?
Whip Up Ethanol in Your Backyard--Avoid the Gas Pump
What if you could make fuel for your car in your backyard for less than you pay at the pump? That question has driven Floyd S. Butterfield, 52, for more than two decades. Mr. Butterfield is something of a legend for people who make their own ethanol. Now he thinks he can, thanks to his partnership with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Thomas J. Quinn.